In Second Grade, Our Buckets Are Running Full.
Second graders spend the year developing their understanding of what it means to be an individual in a “bucket filling” community. The second grade curriculum prioritizes the foundation blocks of interpersonal character development: kindness, active listening, participation, open-mindedness, and curiosity. Whenever second graders practice these actions, they contribute to filling each others’ mental and emotional “buckets” with compassion and thoughtfulness.
Second graders love reading the classic Charlotte’s Web, which helps students conceptualize bucket-filling behavior. When they read this story, students are asked to analyze the book’s characters: Are they being the best friends they can be? How could they have improved their reactions to difficult situations? Second graders work tirelessly as a community to ensure everyone’s bucket is full by returning to the classic question: “What would Charlotte do?”
Second grade service learning smells delicious! In second grade, students engage in service learning by filling coffee orders. Our coffee comes from Montana Coffee Traders, who purchase their beans directly from Monteverde, Costa Rica. Second graders advertise to the community by creating videos and flyers. The students are responsible for all components of filling orders, including measuring and grinding the beans, labeling the packages, and delivering orders to customers. The profits from this service project are given directly to the coffee growers in Monteverde, Costa Rica by our sixth grade students during their service trip.